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Layover – Glossary Definition


Want the definition of layover? Learn the meaning of layover, see some examples, and get a better understanding of this travel glossary term!

Wondering about the definition of layover? Keep reading to learn the meaning of layover, see some examples, and get a better understanding of this travel glossary term!

a layover airport to catch a connecting flight
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What is a Layover?

A layover is a point where a transportation method stops, requiring passengers to continue to their final destination through a connecting transport method. For example, a passenger traveling from Barcelona to Mexico City may have a layover at the airport in Miami.

Usually, the passenger at a layover will be closer to their destination but not there yet, but layovers can also easily be further from the ultimate destination (for example, a trip from Salt Lake City to New York City with a layover in Los Angeles). This happens when the origin airport doesn’t serve (or serve economically) the final destination airport, necessitating a layover at an airport which does.

Used mostly in air travel, a layover is a connection, usually where a passenger requires more than one flight to reach their final destination (a through passenger). However, a connection may also occur where the flight (or other transport mode) stops to refuel or let passengers off. This usually happens more on non-flight transport, such as bus travel.

More on Layovers

The term layover is sometimes used interchangeably with stopover. However, a layover in flight is usually when a passenger has only a shorter period of time between flights requiring them to essentially remain at the airport until their connecting flight. A stopover, on the other hand, is a longer stay at the midpoint destination, usually planned by the passenger and often involving a night in the stopover city until the continuing flight.

A flight without a layover or stopover is called a direct flight.

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